the boats that go

So this is a list of all the different types of boats that signed up on Latitude 38’s PacificPuddleJumpdotcom to cross the Pacific in past years-just like my husband and I did May of 2000-from the west coast of the Americas to the Marquesas. We didn’t sign up for any group crossing-we just went on our own. We also didn’t know anyone else doing the crossing nor did we know about any other boats that would possibly make a crossing like this. We were literally living in our own world from start to finish. Even when we were cruising we didn’t share our experiences until several months …

dreams and reality-check

Ever since my husband and I returned from sailing over 9,000 nm around the Pacific Ocean, we dreamed of going back. Reality has kept us landlocked for 12 years now and it’s really putting a cramp in our style. We just spent the last 10 months looking for a boat to take our family cruising on and so far have spent over $4500 on flights and surveys. It’s a little discouraging to say the least but we feel so much wiser and even more determined to find “the boat!” When we said we wanted to go the first time we ran into many obstacles …

Famous boats afloat!

This is a video showing the famous Joshua sailed by Bernard Moitessier. As my husband says, “This boat is all business.” They also include museum replica’s of Robin Knox-Johnson’s Suhali-first man to single hand around the world non-stop and Joshua Slocum’s Spray-first person to sail around the world alone in a small boat.

Joshua Slocum still inspires

Joshua Slocum is the first person to sail around the world alone in a small vessel. He inspires cruisers today to carry on his legacy of stewardship and diplomacy around the world.

These guys are nuts

But I sure do enjoy watching them! Wouldn’t want to be on the boat under these conditions but it’s exciting to see the action. The Vendee Globe– around the world race is one of my favorite things to check in on!

The hurricane of 1939

This is spectacular footage taken with a 16mm movie camera and narration describing the conditions and events in Newport Beach during the hurricane of 1939-a Chubasco. The weather we have had during the prior weeks sounds scarily similar to what they were having before this hurricane, which cropped up in :20 and tore …

crew’s quarters

In the hunt for our perfect boat over the last 9 months I’ve considered everything from galley layout to cutlass bearing access. One of the top considerations has been a shared stateroom or separate staterooms for the kids. When we ever make it offshore, I want to be sure to honor M&Ms personal space. In such a small place for a family of 4 to live, I think separate bunks could be really important. I also think there’s a good learning experience in making them share a stateroom with a place for their ‘treasures’ on ‘their side’ of a double …

the passionate sense of potential

  In striving to make unique and stand-out imagery, finding relevant inspiration is so important. Our world is flooded with images! Limiting where you spend your time looking for inspiration becomes more important. There are a lot of trendy images circulating that live like a pop song. They are amazing and wonderful …

messing about in boats

“Is it so nice as all that?” asked the mole, shyly… “Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” “Simply …